Cosmic Cow Pie: Connecting the Dots


What Is The Future Of Social Media?

Are you pondering the what the future of social media holds?

On Friday, September 27, 2013 a very knowledgable and diverse group of small business owners and social media consultants discussed what is working in social media and what they think the future holds. 




This mixed group covered a vast array of business cultures and had amazing tips to share summarizing some best practices for social media.    


1. +Valentina Cirasola San Francisco, California and Italy

Valentina Interiors and Design

"Italian Luxury for Comfortable Living" Offering design consultations on-line.

Author of Design books and cooking from Italy. 


TAKE AWAY TIP: Keep track of your time with social media and with clients. Create a plan and set an actual timer and stick to the plan. Each social media platform is unique be careful about what you are sharing and why. 


2. +Luis Galarza Leominster, Massachusetts 

Galarza's Internet Marketing Services 

Marketing consultant, Web Designer, Lead Generation, Social Media, Mobile Apps, Mobile Marketing, Google Places, SEO, Video Production, Video Marketing 


TAKE AWAY TIP: Content is KING! Constantly be creating unique and different content. Don't do what everyone else does. Be creative and different. 


3. +Joeann Fossland Tucson, Arizona

Life consultant 

Need a coach? Support for the frazzled, unfocused & time challenged! My vision is to ignite joy, creativity & love! I can help you relax & produce remarkable results!

Purple Sage Realty, Tucson, AZ


TAKE AWAY TIP: Define your perfect client and determine where they hangout then be specific in your posts. Create a plan with a schedule and know where you are going to post and why. 90% of your posting should be relationship building not selling! 


4. +Katie Katz Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Bernard Katz Glass

+Bernard Katz Glass features hand blown art glass by Bernard Katz. Bernard Katz alongside his wife Katie Katz co-design high quality art glass for art galleries, trade design and private collections worldwide.


TAKE AWAY TIP: Don't shout buy, buy, buy. Social media is a party and a two way street make new friends. When posting your photos be sure to use keywords to drive the search engines back to you. 


5. +Ken Cook Atlanta,Georgia

Digital Content Creator | Blog Content | Web Articles | SEO Research | Video | Audio | Graphics

Ken writes accurate and timely articles, optimize existing content for search engines, create videos (YouTube), perform competitive research to determine who your search competitors are and how you can compete with them and win, work with you on predictive content creation based on seasonal and market trends, provide in-depth analysis of your website and your competitors.

Listen live to Social Media Edge Radio every Tuesday at 9AM Pacific


TAKE AWAY TIP: Content is key and giving is so important in building relationships. Great concepts to think about: 

APE  Assess Plan Education

FUR  Frequent Unique Relevant 

Think from a transactional level, don't shout out what your selling.


6. +Shelley Roth Houston, Texas

Social Media Navigator | Trainer | Consultant | Speaker | Author

Brings passion, energy and creative thinking to businesses with the goal of directly impacting companies bottom line and corporate identity.

Since 1999, Springboard has been helping businesses create and implement ways to grow sales. 


TAKE AWAY TIP: Give to Grow. Work from a principle of abundance not scarcity. Give, give, give. 


7. +Alex McClure From Phoenix, Arizona 

Olympus Visionary Trail Blazer and COMMERCIAL Photographer 



Understand each social media venue and adapt what you say and how you share to the specific site you are posting on. Don't use the same language on twitter as facebook or google+.


8. +Carra Riley Williams, Arizona "Gateway to the Grand Canyon"

Small business consultant and developer of the NEW World wide photographer directory +Photo Tour Global Directory™ where the consumer can connect and research their own Global Personal Photographer™. 

PTGD is a website with names and contact information of creative photographers worldwide who are willing to create custom photography experiences for global travelers AND small businesses who need help with their digital imagery. 


TAKE AWAY TIP: Your about or profile pages are the key to success for anyone determining if they want to circle, like or follow you. All venues should have a profile completely filled out with links back to every social media venue you participate in. Introduce people to each other on your stream. You know who is there for business so open the door to a new connection when they come to visit you. SHARING content is the highest compliment you can give anyone so share valuable content on your streams to your followers.


Social media evolves faster and faster each day. What works one morning has completely changed the next day and learning how to adapt to the fast pace and changes will help with the stress level when this fact is understood. The bar of expections of being perfect in this fast pace is an unrealistic expectation and will cause frustration if you the dots are not connected correctly.  

If you are confused by Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Linkedin, foursquare and others take the time to take a workshop to understand the cliff notes of the venue and determine if the platform is a place that your perfect client participates in.  Be careful not to post in a area that you are not going to follow and respond to potential prospects that might be talking to you.  Not being there is better than being there and not responding.  Not answering a social tag is a sure fire way to get kicked to the curb with no overs from a digital citizen.  

The future of social media is solid.  The big companies are driving the public to Twitter and facebook for voting on Reality shows, discounts and even the news. Digital imagery is the latest hook and is here to stay. Work on your photography skills or find a photographer to work with.   Watch for snapchat and think about how you are going to get your message out with an 8 second window!  That is te future of social media!   




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Comment balloon 46 commentsCarra Riley & Declan Kenyon • September 27 2013 04:12PM


Carra- thank you for summarizing this.  I was out on a consultation and was hoping to catch up with this.  I was reading that Google has a new algorithm -hummingbird- so as you said every day is a new day.  

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 7 years ago

Kathy ~  Every day something new to learn.. that is the way and there is no easy out.. just have to learn it!  Glad To be able to have the video... after you watch it please let me know any concepts you might like to have discussed in a new event where we could dig deeper into one or 2 concepts with maybe just 5 panel members....let me know what you think.  I appreciate you and all you do to get the word out and share information!  You are a shining exmaple of my Take Away Tip.  Have a great weekend!  

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) almost 7 years ago

Cara - Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!  I couldn't be part of this today but I look forward to watching! Fabulous work and such wonderfully high energy!  Love it - right up my alley!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) almost 7 years ago

Carra, I do need a lot of help with Social Media as I don't get onto it very often. Had I been more social, I would have remembered you at the Gateway

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 7 years ago

Carra, thank you soooo much for laying this out for us so that we can grasp it.  I love the take away tips.  Social media is our future.  Actually, I think it is our TODAY.

Posted by Jean Hanley, Specializing in Folks Who Want To Buy/Sell Homes (Coldwell Banker Kivett Teeters) almost 7 years ago

Anna ~  Good tips from all our panel!  Thank you for the enthusiasim!

Ed~  Funny.... sorry we didn't have a cool drink off my deck!  Next time!

Jean~  happy to help and the panel had so manhy good tips to help connect the social media dots!  Thanks for your comment! 

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) almost 7 years ago

You are wonderful for sharing your G+ hangout with us and so soon after you recorded it. This is an awesome group and I love listening to all the experts! More listening tomorrow! You did a fabulous job!!

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 7 years ago

Margaret ~  You are such am amazing raving fan and I sincerely appreicate your kindness.  So happy you are enjoying the video and the tips just confirm some of the basics that help connect the social media dots!  Thanky you so much!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) almost 7 years ago

Carra, thank you for sharing this valuable blog. Summarizing these key points from well credentialed in-the-know people. Excellent job!

Posted by Ralph Gorgoglione, Hawaii and California Real Estate (310) 497-9407 (Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes) almost 7 years ago

Carra Riley, thank you for staying on top of the future of social media, your very much appreciated and full of great information we call all use.

Posted by Bob Ratliff, "Sold with Bob" (Robert Ratliff Realty) almost 7 years ago

The unique content is the only thing that will help us rank ahead of the big three real estate sites. They haven't figured that one out yet.

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 7 years ago

Thank you for sharing these great tips and for sharing the video.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 7 years ago
Would love to see this in the Real Estate Questions and Answers Group. Great material that I will certainly refer to in the future, and I like the video.
Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) almost 7 years ago

Thanks for the summary.  It sounds as though the keys are to acknowledge that "social" media is just that - about the social aspects of relationships - and that content is king.   Thanks!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) almost 7 years ago

So...  what they are saying is to connect, manage your time on there, engage, give, and be different and real?  Sounds about right to me.  

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) almost 7 years ago
Carra, thank you for sharing! In my eyes, you are a Google+ pioneer... I will arrive eventually when the train tracks have been laid.... :-)
Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) almost 7 years ago

Carra, social media can be a challenge. Good suggestions and great video.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA almost 7 years ago

Hi Cara, I have found that Social Media is not something you learn.  It is something that you continue to learn as it progresses forward, and we have to find a way to keep up.

Posted by Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN (Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC) almost 7 years ago

Very social-able for your to share thus demonstrating the point of responsbile social interaction. As far anything else goes...The dust will settle soon and the Tortoise will win the race while the hare and the hype all learn to calm down and go distance

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) almost 7 years ago

Carra: Social media can be a challenge for me so the videos are a big help. I really appreciate this blog and it will be a great help to me. I am going to replay the blog till it sinks in to me.

Posted by Jimmy Faulkner, The Best Of St. Augustine (Florida. Homes Realty & Mortgage) almost 7 years ago

Carra:  Going to have to sit down and listen/study this ... and pass it on to Marilyn too.  As always, you lead the way for us.  Hope to be in contact soon.  I have my team pretty much in place!


PS:  Congrats on the Feature!

Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) almost 7 years ago

Carra, these are all great tips.  I love the idea of a timer to remind me that there are other business tasks to complete in addition to social media!

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) almost 7 years ago

Video show and tell is the most effective, quickest most memorable used of eyes and ears...and all know that two senses are way way better than read read read when on a mobile device that is not built for it.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) almost 7 years ago

Excellent post here and it's great to hear all of the different points of view.  This is in fact an always changing medium and one that you MUST have some sort of plan for or you will be lost.

Posted by Matt Kombrink, Your #1 Source For Real Estate (RE/MAX All Pro) almost 7 years ago

Ralph ~  The take away tips are really crucial to social media survival and it was great that each one had something different to share.  Thank you for your kind comment! 

Bob Ratliff ~  Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment.  I would like you to meet Shelley Roth.. she is 162 miles from you in Houston according to google  2.5 hour drive... she is amazing in social media and might be someone you might like to connect with! 

Richard Irossi ~  Content is KING... answering questions that a buyer or seller will be asking and then searching online... perfect connection giving valuable help! 

Gita ~  you are most welcome... thank you for your comment. 

Margaret Woda ~  Thank you for the invitation to the Real Estate Questions and Answers Group.  I was not aware of the group and appreicate the heads up.  Social Media is constantly evolving... like changes daily so it is a challange to keep up! 




Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) almost 7 years ago

Kat Palmlotte ~  You certainly have it processed correctly!  Thanks for your thoughtful comment! 

Amanda and Jared ~  Totally connected the dots!  Great assessment and summary!  Thank you! 

Silvia ~  Great to see you.  You are most welcome... Google+ is a place you all need to be.  The station is open.. there is a huge group of AR people hanging out.. the key is to meet new business people from your area and start helping them.. search your specific area in Florida then circle all the people that have the same area come up in your search, then ask them to a a hangout and find out how you can help one another.  Networking with your community has never been easier.  

Michael Setunsky~  Every day it is a challange... once you determine where your perfect client is... then just go there... and you do not have to participate in all the venues... Create a plan then work the plan that works for you! 

Larry Johnston ~  You are so right about that.. changes daily... so you need to get rid of that stress.. follow people who will keep you in the loop.. get a balance with what you do and just go foward with your specific marketing plan. 

Richie Alan Naggar ~  I think the slow down is in one's own consciousness.... peaceful learning wiht out the stress.. because the fast pace continues.. news is that way... go, go, go.. it is our own processing that gets us to the finish link in a balanced way.  


Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) almost 7 years ago

Jimmy Faulkner~  Great idea... we all learn at different levels and video is a great way to let it sink in... I remember in 2009 when I fist started editing videos I was taking... I googled how to edit on yotuube and watched a 12 year old tell me how to edit in movie maker... I had to keep playing it over and over to get it right... I still do that.  Thank you for your thoughtful comment and if I can help in any other way, please let me know! 

Gene Mundt ~  I am delighted to hear you have your team together..... We can calmly put it together.. we need to create a script of what is the most important for each team member to share as to their part in the real estate transaction..... no more than 5 minutes each.... If we had a buyer at the end that could ask questions.. that would be icing on the cake... this is going to work and I am so excite to be doing it with you.. talk about showing the way!  Whoo hoo!  Thank you on the congrats.. I feel honored and appreciate the feature... So glad it is helping others!  

Sharon Parisi~  Did you hear Valentina talking about it?  She is the designer and it is at the end.. she is Italian so she has this wonderful accent.  She physically puts her kitchen timer in her bag... I told her to get a smart phone and she wouldn't have to take the timer and she said she liked the impact of the timer!  Thanks for your comments.

Andrew Mooers ~  That is the direction of social media and Snapchat with an 8 second life is where the eyes are going.. thanks fo ryou comment!  I agree.. lots of reading.... digital image stories are best!

Matt Kombrink ~ Make a plan and work the plan.. has to be that way!  

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) almost 7 years ago

Hi Cara,

   Thanks for taking the time to produce such an informative blog!



Posted by Charlotte Luxury Real Estate, Eli Magids (Keller Williams - Ballantyne Area) almost 7 years ago

Hi Carra, I like the take away tips, and with the length of this one I will have to bookmark to get the full info. Thanks.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 7 years ago

Cara, what a great review of the future of social media but  specifically your take-aways. Simple but powerful things to keep in mind and implement.  Living from abundance vs. scarcity, giving vs always selling and targeting posts specfiically to who you want to work with. Great, great, great.

Posted by Kelly Young, Colorado Springs Real Estate ~ 719-226-0126 (The Platinum Group Realtors) almost 7 years ago

Bookmarking until I can take time to watch the entire hangout - what a great line-up! Thank you so much for the take-away tips! You are always so generous!!

Posted by Lori Cain, Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer (eXp Realty) almost 7 years ago

Carra ~ thanks for sharing this excellent information with us!  Your recap of Tips is eye-opening and I can see that I have more reading to do!

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) almost 7 years ago

Eli~  you are most welcome.. glad you got some good content out of it! 

Gary~  Now where we are not on facebook :)  The take away tips are the meat!  Are you watching dancing with the stars/

Kelly Young ~  You really got the point!  Wonderful to hear and thank you so much for your kind comment! 

Lori~  It was a fun show... the take away tips are really a good summary!  Great to see you here and thank you for the kind comment!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) almost 7 years ago

Maureen ~  So happy you are getting something out of the post.  thank you for your kind comment!  

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) almost 7 years ago

I've been slammed with so much stuff I had to miss this.  I've bookmarked it and promise to view when I come up for air.

Posted by Bryan Robertson almost 7 years ago

Bryan ~  Thanks for sharing and delighted to read you are so busy!  The tips really do a good summary of the important points.  The video is fun hearing from different perspectives how social media is working!  

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) almost 7 years ago

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Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 7 years ago

Kathy Streib~  you are so sweet.. thank you my friend!  Appreicate you sharing the wonderful world of google+!  

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) almost 7 years ago
Thanks for sharing. I love all the take away tips. Will read it twice. Thanks again.
Posted by Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team ( Elite Realty Group) almost 7 years ago

Social media is becoming so vast that it is easy to get lost in it. You have to figure out how to be noticed.

Posted by Edward Gilmartin (CRE) almost 7 years ago

I really like the take away tip from Cara Riley. It took time to figure that out for myself.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) almost 7 years ago

 Great tips and Thank You for sharing!

Posted by Kim Peasley-Parker (AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc.) almost 7 years ago

Norma~  glad to be of help and the take away tips are the key to survival!  Thank you!

Edward Gilmartin ~  Yes you do and you have to know how to play the game in each venue... it really is a game and you have to play by the rules or you really do lose!  Thank you. 

Jill Sackler ~  so happy to help and they really are the bottom line.. happy to read you have processed them correctly.  Thank you.

Kim Peasley-Parker ~ you are most welcome and thank you for stopping by!  

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) almost 7 years ago

Kathy did a fine job of featuring this post Carra!  What GREAT take-aways, loved reading them all and so very true!!

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) almost 7 years ago

Carla ~  So glad you agreed.. you have spent a lot of time out there in cyberspace so those take away tips really make sense!  Thanks for stopping by!  

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) almost 7 years ago

What a great use of technologies! Brainstorming and sharing results ~ love it!

Social media is a huge part of our everyday live. We connect there to our clients, friends, family and colleagues. I can not imagine anymore the world without blogging, tweeting, googling, FB, Skype, etc.

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) almost 7 years ago